[ 3 syll. (p)hi-lip-pa, ph-ili-ppa ] The baby girl name Philippa is pronounced Fih-LIHP-ah or FIHL-ih-Pah in English †. Philippa's origin is Old Greek, and its use, English and German. The meaning of Philippa is 'lover of horses, friend of horses'. It is a biblical name derived from philein meaning 'to love' ; philos 'friend' ; hippos 'horse' ; ekwo 'horse'. The name was first used in medieval times to distinguish male and female bearers of the then unisex name Philip; female bearers were recorded in Latin texts with Philippa as their name. It was borne by Philippa of Hainault (1311-1369), the queen consort of Edward III of England. The first name came into general use among English speakers only in the 19th century. Philippa is the feminine equivalent of the English Philip.
The name Philippa is widely used; it has 30 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Philette, Philipa (used in German too), Philipine, Philipinna, Philippe, Philippina, Philli, Phillie, Phillipa (used in German too), Phillipe, Phillipina, Phillipine, Phillippine, Philly, Pills, and Pippy. Other English forms include the shortening Phil, the familiar form Pippa (used in Italian too), and the spelling variant Phillippa (used in German too).
Forms used in foreign languages include Felipa (Spanish), Filipa (Polish, Russian, and Slavic), Filippa (Italian and Scandinavian), Filippina (Italian), Filpina (Polish), Hilppa (Finnish), Ina (Polish), Inka (Polish), Pelipa (Zuni), and Philippine (French and German). The familiar form Lipa (Romanian) is another foreign variant.
See also the related form, the name Marie Philippa.
Philippa is not popular as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Philippa: F as in "fee (F.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"